Supervision à la carte: new housing options

An innovative concept in housing and care for people with a mild learning disability. It’s called, “Tiny Houses: independent living with neighbourhood care” developed by the Dutch organisation, Ophovenerhof. Organisations looking to improve their care delivery and find alternative uses for existing or new real estate can learn about the approach by applying to participate in a programme called, Supervision à la carte 2.

With this innovative person-centred approach, Ophovenerhof is proving that more is possible for their clients than having to choose between residential care or outpatient supervision. The tiny houses option offers a new type of living arrangement for people for whom living independently is too difficult but who find that living within the walls of a care institution too constricting. In their tiny house on the grounds of Ophovenerhof, clients discover in a safe environment what they can and cannot handle by themselves.

The approach

The programme, Supervision à la Carte 2 shows how to apply and strengthen the approach together with other organisations. It addresses the steps involved in making these tiny, self-contained units a reality. These include aspects such as, arranging permits, suppliers and circular construction. Participants will also work with the care aspects of new forms of housing and will receive support from a coach, an intervention researcher and a knowledge provider. Participation is free with approximately 6 meetings per year and a practical application within your own organisation.

Want to know more?

Ophovenerhof already has a roadmap with a handy step-by-step plan. At a webinar on January 10, 2024, participants will be able to meet the developers: Director Bert Ramakers and Housing Coordinator Yolanda Vanderheijden. They will speak about their approach, the challenges they faced and the Ophovenerhof business case. There will also be room for questions.

About Supervision à la Carte 2

Supervision à la carte is implemented by Vilans and is part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport’s Future Agenda for care and support for people with disabilities. The programme started on March 1, 2023 and runs for 3 years.